Updated: Jun 7, 2020
Melbourne's iconic Queen Victoria Market precinct is finally experiencing renewal according to Lord Mayor Sally Capp as part of the infrastructure stimulus outlined in the City of Melbourne’s draft Annual Plan and Budget 2020-21.
“Now, more than ever, it’s critical that we get on with the renewal of Queen Victoria Market precinct. We’re investing AUD45 million this year to improve conditions for traders and shoppers while preserving the unique heritage and character of the market,”
The budget includes a AUD25 million investment to deliver a new below-ground customer car park for 500 vehicles on the doorstep of the market.
Works will start in areas of the upper market that are currently unoccupied due to COVID-19 restrictions to reduce disruption for businesses. This includes restoration of the market’s heritage sheds and improved weather protection in the open air sheds, including new blinds and awnings to protect traders from the elements.
This major landmark in Melbourne is not only the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, it is is the largest and most intact surviving 19th century market in the city. The market is home to more than 600 small businesses, majority of which are small family operations.